Medi-Lite is a short questionnaire, based on scientific literature, able to assess adherence to the Mediterranean diet

What is Medi-Lite?

The Medi-Lite questionnaire is the brainchild of Prof. Francesco Sofi, Associate Professor of Food Sciences at the University of Florence, to develop a practical and easy tool that can assess adherence to the Mediterranean diet based on numerous scientific data available in favour of the Mediterranean diet.

The name Medi-Lite originates from the fusion of the terms Mediterranean and Literature, precisely to highlight the fact that the questionnaire is based on data from the most robust studies scientific literature on the beneficial effects of the Mediterranean diet.

The questionnaire, in its original and English language version, was published in the scientific journal Public Health Nutrition in 2014 and was then validated through a clinical study published in the journal International Journal of Food Science and Nutrition in 2017. In 2018, the questionnaire was applied Image copyright University of Florence and the database associated with the web version of the questionnaire was filed with the Italian Patent Company.

The questionnaire is all free and was created for the sole purpose of improving the knowledge of the general population and practitioners of the role of the Mediterranean diet in public health.

How is it structured?

The Medi-Lite questionnaire consists of simple and quick questions that allow the user to determine the consumption in terms of daily and/or weekly quantities of 9 food groups that are present in the scientific studies that have association between adherence to the Mediterranean diet and health status is investigated.

The 9 food groups are:

  1. Fruit
  2. Vegetables
  3. Cereals
  4. Legumes
  5. Fish
  6. meat and meat products
  7. Dairy products
  8. Alcohol
  9. olive oil

Who is it addressed to?

The questionnaire can be carried out by all those who want to know what their degree of adherence to the Mediterranean diet, nutrition professionals (doctors, dieticians, biologists, etc.) who want to assess the food quality of their patients, but also anyone who independently wants to self-assess for their adherence to the Mediterranean style of food style


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